Nick Mullens: Winning On and Off the Field

Chris Urban, Editor

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Nick Mullens, the backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, had an historic debut Thursday Night against the Oakland Raiders. In his efforts on Thursday, Mullens caught the attention of many, including twitter. Mid-way through the game Nick would be verified on twitter, in an entertaining call by commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.

Mullens ripped the Raiders defense, going 16/22, 262 yards and three touchdowns. Mullens compiled a 151.9 passer rating, the best performance in an NFL debut among players with 16 or more pass attempts in league history.

Mullens is one of just three players since 1950 to throw for 250 or more yards, three or more TDs and no interceptions in his debut. The other two are Hall of Famers: Fran Tarkenton (1961) and Jim Kelly (1986). Mullens became the first 49ers quarterback, in his NFL debut, to throw two or more touchdown passes. He also tied the franchise record of TD passes in his first start, joining Tim Rattay (2003), Ty Detmer (1998) and Matt Cavanaugh (1984).

Time will tell, but history proves that Nick Mullens is off to a pretty good start in the NFL. Sitting at 2-7 on the season, the 49ers should continue to see what they have in Nick Mullens.